Chris Hill

Principal


  • > Increasing business agility 
  • > Organising teams for fast flow
  • > Scaling agile & descaling work
  • > Agile coaching, DevOps & servant leadership
  • > Organisational design for agility
  • > Cloud migration & digital transformation

Background

I joined DMW in 2016 after many years in a variety of technology consultancy and advisory organisations.  For the last decade or more, I have been coaching and guiding senior leaders and teams, with hands-on specialist agile leadership and delivery knowledge, enabling them to learn new ways of working and thinking whilst accelerating their organisation’s agility journey. I have helped clients in multiple sectors including energy, financial services and FMCG. 

I graduated with a data processing Hons degree from Loughborough University which was also where I fostered my lifelong enjoyment of sport. I now find my relaxation on a road bike or running.

Skillset

I gain a real enjoyment and zest from the mindset shift and ways of working that a move to agility emboldens businesses, enterprise and start up, to adopt. It feels a necessary fit to the speed with which our clients’ need to combine new, and often heritage, technologies, organisational structures and processes as they strive to continually improve the flow of compelling customer value.

It’s a privilege being engaged at the outset of a client’s journey into new ways of working. I’ve yet to tire from guiding high impact leaders and teams as they realise benefit from longer-lived multi-skilled product teams, empowered to create end to end outcomes tailored for their customers.

New ideas and innovations are forming faster than at almost any other time in my career. I relish continual learning … it’s exciting there’s so much to absorb.  

Career Highlights

Leading a “descaling to scale” outcome focused initiative using agility to re-imagine application migration to the public cloud for a FTSE100 energy major. In bringing together a multi-skilled squad and an agile mindset and experimentation approach, we objectively proved an expedited and de-risked pattern-based approach to application migration. I then assisted scale the experiment, coaching squads and heritage teams in different geographies, around a consistent process, blocker removal, tools and metrics.

Senior leadership tracked application burndowns, whilst migration squads tracked outcomes and velocity enabling them to improve throughput. We defined a new lexicon bringing consistency in understanding. Using the scaled framework over 1,500 applications were migrated, across multiple years and business segments.  

These ways of working became a core component of this enterprise’s global technology function’s emerging approach to modernising its IT group. 

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